Hello Mid-June


Posted by Rebecca, June 14th, 2011

Remember back when Mike and I had big landscaping dreams? Okay they weren’t big dreams, we just wanted to dig up some plants, add a little fresh mulch and some river rock edging, sort of like these pictures I pinned on Pinterest.



We wanted to do all of this before it got brutally hot, especially since last year we were mulching into July. Pale ol’ me doesn’t do direct sunlight well and our front yard has loooads of it. I looked at the calendar this weekend and somehow it is MID-JUNE.

This wouldn’t be so bad if the temps were in the 80s or so, but for several days last week we were in the triple digits. We actually did bring our grass back to life in all of our problem areas and it was looking fabulous this spring.

Our daylilies finally bloomed.

And our hydrangeas were growing like weeds!

As we saw the forecast for last week, Mike’s response was “well it was nice having green grass for a while!” I thought he was being pessimistic, but nope…

My poor hydrangeas had a few droopy moments in between watering and I thought I’d lose their flowers to the heat like I did last summer. We thought about doing a sprinkler system last year when our grass got fried, but I honestly forgot about it this year until every neighbor around us had them installed. We already committed to the patio and we just decided we’d rather spend our money on other things. Which means we run outside and move our standard sprinklers several times a night, while our whole block probably chuckles. We sort of have to do this because our association will get on us if our grass starts looking too neglected. Granted, I’m pretty sure extreme heat is a good excuse but we can’t let it completely die without someone complaining. It’s good and bad all at the same time. It maintains the value and curb appeal of our neighborhood, but forces us to move our fiesty sprinklers. Last night Mike took a straight shot to the crotch and looked like he peed his pants. I wish I had a photo.

With summer quickly flying by and scorching us at the same time, we have decided not to do anymore landscaping in the front this year. We are already booked with weekend plans for the rest of June and a chunk of July. We’ve decided we want to enjoy life on the weekends and spend some time on our patio, catching up with friends and just doing some summery things. And for those weekends where it’s 100 degrees and we can’t breathe outside? We have plenty of indoor projects we’re looking forward to finishing and we just bought a pneumatic nail gun to do so 🙂

For now, we’re just planning on pulling these guys regularly and adding a tiny bit more mulch along the edges of the walkway where it’s always weedy (okay a good amount of the weeds are actually stray grass from when we seeded).

We have a couple of extra bags of mulch from last year and we can always pick up more just to maintain the front. But as for any major redesigning? I’d rather be making s’mores at this point in the summer 🙂

I made a lengthy to-do list early in the summer full of things to do around the house and the blog during my semi-hiatus from grad school (I’m still taking 2 online electives this summer). But I think I’m going to kick the list to the curb and just wing things this summer. I have to stop getting mad at myself for not accomplishing enough, when I’m pretty sure I run around like a busy looney 90% of the time. It’s just in my nature as a nerd. You know those kids in school who were mad if they got a 95 on a test? That’s me. As an adult. In fact I did that just two nights ago with a quiz. So in an attempt to stop being so hard on myself, I don’t think I’m going to look at that list this summer.

Okay for at least this week 😉

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10 Responses to “Hello Mid-June”

  1. Lindz says:

    Love the firepit!

  2. Just got caught back up on your blog….now I want s’mores.

    I’m with ya on the list….for this week. 😛
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  3. Everything is look great!

    And now I want s’mores!
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  4. ALittleBite says:

    The yard looks awesome! I’m very bad with plants/gardening so I’d love to have something that looks half as good as yours. And I hear ya on making a list and then not doing it… I try to get things done around the house, but it’s (almost) summer and we get together with friends much more often, so I just have to embrace that and have fun!!
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  5. Jami says:

    I just recently found your blog and I’m loving it! I know the frustrations of not green grass…it makes me crazy!! My dad, used to be a landscape architect, told me to get Turf Supreme by Best. It seriously is amazing!! It’s not at any HD or Lowes, you’ll have to call a nursery or irrigation company but it’s a life saver and super affordable! $20 for 50lbs!

    Good luck! 🙂
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  6. your hydrangeas and day lillies look awesome!!!
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  7. kate says:

    Thanks for this post. I am also an overachiever and I constantly have a list of household to-do’s which I feel guilty about if they aren’t getting crossed off in a timely fashion. My lists drive my husband crazy as he would like to just stop for a bit and enjoy the house. This was a good reminder to try and do just that and not worry if everything isn’t perfect or complete. Here’s to patio parties! 🙂

    • Rebecca says:

      You’re welcome! Houses are never ending projects, I’m learning that I don’t have to vacuum every night or decorate a room every weekend. Slow and steady wins the race 🙂

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